The project VECTORS aims mainly to acquire knowledge about the present and future pressures, about the vectors of change on the marine environment. The formers could be direct : e.g. maritime freight as invasive species vector (via ballast tank waters), climate change and ocean acidification, intensive resources exploitation) or indirect : e.g. energetic needs change, gaz emission reduction, demographic pressure on the coasts, tourism, recreativ activities; food security, legislation). The research lead into VECTORS project should try to explain how pressures, vectors of change and their interactions will result in some changes in three specific domains: appearing of non endemic and non indigeneous species, spreading of endemic species and changes of commercial species distribution and productivity.
The project answered to UE-7 PCRD call.
This is a multidisciplinary and international project that gathers Ifremer partners (HMMN, EMH, LER) as well as international partners including Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Institute for MArine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) among others.
Contact: Paul MARCHAL